Edward Ananian-Cooper

Edward Ananian-Cooper is an Australian conductor based in Europe, and currently working as chorus master at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam. He has a double Masters from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in orchestral and choral conducting, where he studied with Leif Segerstam, Atso Almila, Markus Lehtinen and Matti Hyökki, and spent a semester at the Zürich University of the Arts with professor Johannes Schlaefli.

In summer 2017, Edward won second prize in the Northern Choir Conducting Competition in Svenborg, Denmark, conducting the Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble, and was subsequently appointed regular guest chorus master at the Danish Radio. From 2018-2022 Edward was chorus master at the Opera de Limoges in France, and in August 2022, he took up his current post in Amsterdam.

As an orchestral conductor, he has given concerts in Finland with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Turku Philharmonic, the Oulu Symphony, and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra STORIA, and in France he has conducted in the opera houses in Limoges and Reims.

As a student, he took part in masterclasses with Sir Roger Norrington, Herbert Blomstedt, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Oliver Knussen, Hannu Lintu, Osmo Vänskä and Christopher Seaman with various orchestras including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Finland), Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand), the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Australia), Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Plzen Opera (Czech Republic) and the Ruse Philharmonic (Bulgaria).

Ananian-Cooper is in demand as an opera and oratorio conductor and recent staged performances include Le Voyage dans la Lune (Offenbach), a Monteverdi trilogy (Orfeo, Ulisse & Poppea), Händel’s Theodora, Mozart’s Magic Flute, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Kalevi Aho’s Frida y Diego (premiere) and Paolo Rosato’s Lars Cleen (premiere). In concert Edward has directed Händel’s Messiah, Haydn's Creation and Nelson Mass, Beethoven's C major Mass, Théodore Dubois' Seven Last Words and Puccini's Messa di Gloria among others.

As a choral conductor, Edward has worked in Finland, Denmark, Australia, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands. He has worked for periods as artistic director of Jubilate Chamber Choir and Akateeminen Laulu in Finland, and Consortium Musicum Berlin in Germany. He has recently worked with Accentus chamber choir in Paris and was for an long period a regular guest with the Danish Radio Concert Choir in Copenhagen. For four seasons, he was the chorus master at the Limoges Opera in France, and since 2022 is based in Amsterdam at the Dutch National Opera.